PERU — Princeton made a significant improvement from a 49-6 defeat at the hands of Mendota on Dec. 6, falling to the top-seeded Lady Trojans 57-26 in the opening day of the Lady Bruins Christmas Classic at St. Bede Academy.
Lexi Marselle’s three-pointer at the buzzer brought PHS within 27-14 at halftime. The halftime score in the teams’ first meeting was 30-0.
“We had a 42-point turnaround at half, so we were really pleased with that,” PHS coach Kevin Hieronymus said. “Mendota’s a great team, but our girls knew we are a better team than we showed before. And today they came out and proved it. We just seemed to run out of gas again in the third quarter. The girls keep battling, and I’m really proud of them.”
Emmalee Sears kept the Tigresses close in the first half with eight of her team-high 10 points, six in the first quarter. Makenzey Wilson chipped in six points; McCaela May and Lexi Marselle had four points each; and Ann Sims had two points.
Ann Devitt, one of four sophomore starters for Mendota, led all scorers with 20 points, eight in the third quarter as the Lady Trojans stretched their lead to 49-19. Karly Near hit three treys to spark Mendota’s 23-5 third-quarter surge.
“We lost Near there in the third quarter. That’s quite the 1-2 punch with Devitt in the inside and Near on the outside,” Hieronymus said.
Ally Bromenschenkel had 14 points for MHS.
• Notes: Kewanee came in the No. 2 seed overall and favored in the White Pool, but left with two losses Saturday, falling to IVC 38-33 and 43-22 to Seneca. Fieldcrest claimed two wins in the Green Pool, defeating Eureka 38-36 and Henry-Senachwine 56-33.